Water going up, water going down...

Trip Start Oct 06, 2009
Trip End Oct 22, 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

...and wind blowing every which way.

We arrived in Reykjavik before the sun was up, and drove our rental car away from the airport toward sunrise-pink, snow-capped peaks. Our first stop was žingvellir national park, the gorgeous site where Iceland's original parliament was founded. The park boasts a large lake that, apparently, people can snorkel in year-round, though the temperatures in the low thirties didn't exactly make me want to throw on my bathing suit. We settled instead for exploring the grounds--we had the place entirely to ourselves for the first hour or so (landing at 6 in the morning has its benefits afterall). The scenery was indescribably beautiful, and we discovered our first of what is sure to be many icy waterfalls.

From there we took in stunning sights around every turn in the road, and made stops at Geysir, Gulfoss, and the still-active Hekla volcano. It felt like at least a week's worth of vacation crammed into a single day, and hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.
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